The Nativity Story, which retells the birth of the baby Jesus, will be a welcome cinematic present for those who believe Christ to be the King of Kings. Starring Keisha Castle-Hughes as Mary and Oscar Isaac as Joseph, the production includes everything you would expect in a film bearing this title and, even with some dramatic license, should please most Christian audiences.
Why Is The Nativity Story Rated PG?
The Nativity Story is rated PG
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Violence in the form of Roman soldiers intimidating people (they abduct a young girl after her father cannot pay his taxes) and searching for infant male children will be the most concerning issue for parents. In the opening few minutes of the film, the soldiers go from home to home carrying swords and take male children from their parents, strongly implying the children are being killed. Three men are also seen hanging from crosses, two women are depicted in the painful process of delivering a baby (no nudity is seen), and animals are shown being sacrificed at a temple. Parents may need to explain the basics of conception to younger children. No profanities were noted.
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Other biblical stories put to film include: The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Robe, and The Prince of Egypt. Keisha Castle-Hughes, the actress who plays Mary, can also be seen in Whale Rider, a movie about a Maori family in New Zealand.
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Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
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DVD Release Date: 20 March 2007
The Nativity Story comes to DVD without any extra trimmings, although the disc does offer both wide and full screen presentations. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), with subtitles in English and Spanish.